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TURN IT UP MONDAY: What’s New In Stores This Week (June 29)

It's the final countdown...

It’s the final countdown…

It’s the final week of Monday and Tuesday releases before our worldwide change to the Global Release Day, and several acts are looking at notable debuts on the Billboard 200. (NOTE: some of the items listed below may not be available until Monday night based on label response time and/or Apple Music’s launch this week.) Here are the albums and singles that are new in stores for the week of June 29/30:

  • 29-year-old singer Miguel had a huge era with 2012’s Gold-certified Kaleidoscope Dream, including the enduring Urban hit turned minor Pop crossover single “Adorn”. A number of featured appearances (and an award show mishap) followed that. Radio hasn’t been as reactive to “Coffee”, but retail should be pouring a little more love on Wildheart, new in stores today. It’s looking at potentially being next week’s top debut. (iTunes)
  • With his first studio album since the fall of 2012, the Philadelphia rapper named Meek Mill returns with Dreams Worth More Than Money, featuring the current Urban radio single “All Eyes On You”, which also includes rapper Nicki Minaj and singer Chris Brown. After several delays, the set is highly-anticipated, so look for it to make a splash in the top five next week. (iTunes)
  • Officially spending their third week in a row atop the Alternative radio chart with “Renegades”, the New York band called X Ambassadors pop in a VHS for your buying pleasure… on a compact disc or in a digital download, of course. The new set also features “Jungle”, which charted lowly on the Hot 100 last year. (iTunes)
  • Country star Easton Corbin is enjoying success on both the dance circuit, with his sped-up vocal on “Are You With Me” by Lost Frequencies, and in his regular musical space, where “Baby Be My Love Song” is an airplay hit. Containing that latter song is About To Get Real, out this week. (iTunes)
  • Singer Joy Williams, now solo again after two albums with The Civil Wars, is back with her latest outing, Venus. The album features the single “Woman (Oh Mama)” and it’s doing fairly well with the critics thus far. (iTunes)
  • Other releases out this week include: August Burns Red‘s Found In Far Away Places (iTunes), Bassnectar‘s Into The Sun (iTunes), Good Old War‘s Broken Into Better Shape (iTunes), Neil Young + Promise Of The Real‘s The Monsanto Years (iTunes), Slightly Stoopid‘s Meanwhile… Back At The Lab (iTunes), Vince Staples‘s Summertime ’06 (iTunes) and the Various Artists compilation from the upcoming film Magic Mike XXL (iTunes).

New digital-only singles that you can buy this week include:

  • “Cool For The Summer”, new from Demi Lovato. (iTunes – Wednesday)
  • “Freedom”, a new single by Pharrell Williams. (iTunes)
  • “Locked Away”, new from R. City and Adam Levine. (iTunes)
  • “Nothing But Trouble”, a collaboration from Lil Wayne and Charlie Puth. (iTunes)

We’ll see you on July 10 for the first Friday edition of our weekly new releases post, featuring acts like R5, Years & Years and more! Until then, have a great Fourth Of July weekend.

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RADIO REPORT: POP! Goes The Picks (April 2015)

It’s time once again to analyze the airwaves and find out if your favorite new singles will be lighting up the national charts during the month. Which tracks will climb to the top and which ones will hit a stop? Here’s a small selection of new songs being serviced in April on the AAA, Alternative, CHR and Hot AC formats in this month’s Radio Report:

CHR (*) and HOT AC (**)

Martin Garrix and Usher
MARTIN GARRIX featuring USHER – “Don’t Look Down” (April 7) (*)
Label: Spinnin’/RCA
It was last year that teenage Dutch DJ/producer Garrix took a fairly slow ride up to #12 on the pop survey with the instrumental titled “Animals”. How did he get some studio time with an R&B legend at his young age? No idea, but the unusual pair is working.

Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth
WIZ KHALIFA featuring CHARLIE PUTH – “See You Again” (April 7) (*)
Label: Atlantic/RRP
The soundtrack to Furious 7 debuted a few weeks ago, and “Again” is currently seeing traction at multiple formats in advance of the film’s premiere this Friday. It’s Puth’s radio debut here and could become Khalifa’s fifth main-credited top 40 track on CHR.

Ne-Yo
NE-YO – “Coming With You” (April 14) (*)
Label: Motown/Capitol
Despite a last-ditch attempt to save “She Knows” at pop radio amidst its negative callout scores, that single is tumbling down and brings us to the follow-up from Non-Fiction. It’s far from the ideal era, but some initial moderate airplay should carry it upward.

Marlon Roudette
MARLON ROUDETTE – “When The Beat Drops Out” (April 21) (*)
Label: Columbia
The 32-year-old singer and songwriter from London saw his song “New Age” become a big single across Europe in 2011, but that never made it to the States. Now, coming off a U.K. top ten entry, Roudette is ready for his “Beat” to bring the heat this summer.

Years & Years
YEARS & YEARS – “King” (April 21) (*)
Label: Cherrytree/Interscope
Actor and singer Olly Alexander has been leading this trio for five years and their perseverance led them to a chart-topping song in the U.K. from just a few weeks ago. After a series of successful SXSW showcases, the royalty shall rule over the record charts.

Galantis
GALANTIS – “Runaway (U & I)” (April 28) (*)
Label: Big Beat/Atlantic
Christian Karlsson and Linus Eklöw have been big as writers and in the dance world, but this marks their first song to go for adds here. “Runaway” was co-written by Cathy Dennis, who went to #1 on R&R’s CHR chart with 1991’s “Touch Me (All Night Long)”.

Olly Murs and Demi Lovato
OLLY MURS featuring DEMI LOVATO – “Up” (April 28) (*)
Label: Syco/Columbia
“Wrapped Up” may have wrapped up its run in the U.S. without any big numbers, but “Up” has been waiting in the wings since it broke the top five (#4) in the U.K. in December of last year. At least this is enough to tide the Lovatics over until her next effort.

ALTERNATIVE (*) and AAA (**)

Halsey
HALSEY – “Ghost” (April 7) (*)
Label: Astralwerks/Capitol
19-year-old Ashley Frangipane has been honing her craft for some time now, but everything began to work out nicely during the past year as she signed her record deal and began getting regular play on SiriusXM’s Hits 1 channel. A spooky summer awaits us.

Kaiser Chiefs
KAISER CHIEFS – “Falling Awake” (April 7) (**)
Label: ATO
The sounds of Education, Education, Education & War failed to light up the album and radio charts in the States like they did in Europe, but the quintet’s latest single might turn things around. It certainly blends in well with its hooky late 80’s pop influence.

Joy Williams
JOY WILLIAMS – “Woman (Oh Mama)” (April 14) (**)
Label: Columbia
Her days in a duo are, sadly, finished for now, but we haven’t seen a solo set from Williams in some time. Well, that changes with Venus, due out this summer. The tribal pop sound of it may stand out next to her past work, but it’s a total jam and sounds fresh.

Wolf Alice
WOLF ALICE – “Moaning Lisa Smile” (April 7) (*)
Label: RCA
Here’s a buzzworthy band based in London who have several early supporters behind them at Alternative radio. However, it was the BBC station network that aided them across the pond. As far as a U.S. breakthrough, they’re hungry like the… oh, you know.

twenty | one | pilots
TWENTY ONE PILOTS – “Tear In My Heart” (April 14) (*)
Label: Fueled By Ramen/RRP
Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun are fairly local to Alternative radio after scoring with three top 40 singles from Vessel, including the #10’s “Holding On To You” and “House Of Gold”. Does this have the “Heart” to grow into their biggest song to date? Stay tuned!

Kaleo
KALEO – “All The Pretty Girls” (April 21) (**)
Label: Elektra/Atlantic
Iceland has given us a number of solid bands over the past few years, and this male quartet from the small southwestern town of Mosfellsbær may be the next to deliver a hit with their American debut. SiriusXM’s The Spectrum is leading the pack on “Girls”.

Walk Off The Earth
WALK OFF THE EARTH – “Rule The World” (April 28) (*)
Label: Columbia
Several years ago, this Canadian quintet built up a following on YouTube after posting a series of well-received cover videos. An album followed, R.E.V.O., and “Red Hands” spread across AAA and Hot AC radio. Their anthemic new single could do the same.

Which songs would you like to see do well from the list above? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media.

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SINGLE PREMIERE: The Civil Wars – “The One That Got Away” (+ Lyrics)

This ain't no Teenage Dream.

This ain’t no Teenage Dream.

The duo out of Nashville who call themselves The Civil Wars were living the dream: a Gold album, GRAMMY Awards and universal praise from the critics. Then, at the end of last year, a sudden notice. The duo of John Paul White and Joy Williams was taking a hiatus, a split – they were to be no more. Yet, recently, they’ve re-emerged and are ready to carry out the promotion of their second full-length album, a self-titled effort. It will be their first for Sony Music Entertainment, and the leadoff single from the effort is a gorgeous song called “The One That Got Away”. The song goes for adds this week at Adult Album Alternative radio. It’s everything that you hoped it would be.

“The One That Got Away” may share the title of a big Katy Perry hit from early 2012, but this certainly sounds nothing like it. The single harkens back to the days of Fleetwood Mac and the essential Rumours LP, with a vocal from Williams dripping in a dark and bitter anguish. Just looking at the lyrics, it’s likely to remind us of what led the duo to their time apart and perhaps what reconnected them; flat-out love and a lot of it. The set plays on both the physical and emotional longing and regret of what romance can do. It’s hauntingly beautiful and right up there among the best material they have to offer. It’s sure to be a winner with a lot of their fans and those in the media. Look out for their album later this year. In the meantime, enjoy this first taste of the era and let me know what you think in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

Listen to the premiere of “The One That Got Away” from The Civil Wars. / Download “The One That Got Away” on iTunes.

“THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY”

[Verse 1]
I never meant to get us in this deep
I never meant for this to mean a thing
Oh, I wish you were the one
Wish you were the one that got away
I got caught up by the chase
And you got high on every little bit
I wish you were the one
Wish you were the one that got away

[Chorus]
Oh, if I could go back in time
When you only held me in my mind
Just a longing gone without a trace
Oh, I wish I never ever seen your face
I wish you were the one
Wish you were the one that got away

[Verse 2]
I miss the way you wanted me
When I was staying just out of your reach
Begging for the slightest touch
Ooh, you couldn’t get enough, mmm

[Chorus]
Oh, if I could go back in time
When you only held me in my mind
Just a longing gone without a trace
Oh, I wish I never ever seen your face
I wish you were the one
Wish you were the one that got away

[Middle 8]
Got away from me (x2)
For anybody has to breathe

[Chorus]
Oh, if I could go back in time
When you only held me in my mind
Just a longing gone without a trace
Oh, I wish I never ever seen your face
I wish you were the one (x2)
Oh, I wish you were the one
I wish you were the one that got away

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